This year, the Keystone Trails Association (KTA) will field its sixteenth annual Trail Crew season, dedicated to improving Pennsylvania’s hiking trails. Pennsylvania has thousands of miles of hiking trails. Building and maintaining these trails depends mostly on volunteers. It’s up to us to keep our hiking trails in good condition. Join with KTA in giving some time back to Pennsylvania’s trails!
The work can be hard but the rewards are many. You’ll meet volunteers from many places, and share time and camaraderie with them. You’ll learn to appreciate Pennsylvania’s hiking trails in a new way. And you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you contributed to this project.
Thanks to past efforts of the KTA summer Trail Crew and Trail Care weekend volunteers, Pennsylvania’s hiking community can justly be proud of the hiking experiences available on our state’s extensive system of footpaths.
The KTA Trail Crews assemble on Tuesday evening and end the following Sunday at noon, with all meals provided. Participants can sign up for the entire week or by the day. Please see below for the 2013 Summer Trail Crew Schedule.
We invite you to join in on this important and ongoing project. Invest your time in the future of Pennsylvania hiking trails.
Trail building, clearing and maintenance often involves vigorous work. This can include use of a chainsaw or brush cutter, moving tree limbs, doing rock work, digging treadway or installing signage posts. The degree of difficulty of the work, however, varies with the task. Many volunteers perform less strenuous tasks, such as trimming back brush with hand loppers or blaze painting. Generally, there is plenty of work for every age, ability and level of experience. Please tell us in advance about your work experience and the type of work that you can handle, so that we can accommodate you. KTA will supply tools and equipment. You can bring your own tools if you wish.
The following is a daily schedule that will be followed for the 5 days that the Trail Crew will work. It is important to keep to the schedule, especially in regards to the morning wakeup and the times set for meals. If we do not keep to a reasonable schedule, it can delay the morning departure and make the difficult job of cooking even more challenging.
5:00 PM: Arrival
6:00 PM: Dinner
7:00 PM: Orientation Meeting
Wednesday - Sunday:
6:00 AM: Wake Up
7:00 AM: Breakfast
8:00 AM: Morning Meeting and Departure
12:00 PM: Lunch in the Field
4:00 PM: Return to Camp (2:00 PM on Sunday)
6:00 PM: Dinner
10:00 PM: Bedtime (recommended)
In order to ensure that all the participants have a safe and enjoyable week of Trail Crew, any food intolerances, allergies and medical conditions should be reported to the Trail Crew leader for that particular week. If you wish, this information may be kept confidential between the leader and any other individual who has the need for this information.
Because of ever-changing weather conditons, it is necessary for all participants to prepare properly for the day ahead. All participants should carry no less that 2 quarts of water, a rainjacket and light fleece or other insulating layer. It is also a good idea to have an energy bar or candy available. During the month of June, heavy rain and cool conditions can lead to hypothermia. Conversely, heat and humidity while working can cause heat exhaustion. The rule is: BE PREPARED FOR ALL CONDITIONS EACH AND EVERY WORK DAY.
Volunteers will sleep in campsites and/or cabins. Accommodations will vary in each location, depending on the crew size and availability. KTA will supply all meals (let us know if you have any special dietary needs or restrictions). There will be time in the evenings for relaxation and recreation.
WHAT TO BRING
The list below is meant as a guide to help you determine what to bring to the Trail Crew week. It is only a guide, but items in bold are essential.
- Tent or camper vehicle
- Sleeping bag or bed roll for temperature to 40 degrees
- Air or foam mattress (provides ground insulation)
- 2-3 quart water bottles
- Small day pack
- Rain jacket and rain pants
- Fleece or other warm pullover/jacket
- Sturdy boots (not just sneakers ). Bring two pair if you have them.
- Flashlight and spare batteries
- A change of work clothes for each day
- Underwear, socks, t-shirt, shirt with long sleeves and long pants
- Lightweight cap
- Wash cloth and towels
- Soap, shampoo, toilet articles, insect repellent, sun screen, prescription medications
- First Aid Kit
- Robe for shower
- Flip flops or shower shoes
- Tossel cap
- Folding chair
- Light weight camp shoes
- Laundry bag (laundry facilities vary, but may be available)
- Camp clothes for the evenings
- Shorts should not be worn on trail care. The work is difficult, and you should have your legs protected. Long sleeve shirts are also highly recommended to protect exposed skin from scratches, insects and sun.
- Deer ticks, which may carry Lyme Disease, are present in all areas of Pennsylvania. Use tick repellant on clothing to help keep ticks away.
TO SIGN UP FOR A PROJECT
To sign up for a project, fill out the KTA Trail Crew application form. If you sign up, we expect that you will keep your commitment to volunteer. We will arrange meals and housing based on the number of people who register. If you have to cancel for any reason, we expect that you will give as much notice as possible. Detailed maps, directions and a trail crew guidebook will be provided to all whom sign-up.
For additional information about the KTA 2013 Trail Crew, please contact:
Ed Lawrence, KTA Trail Crew Coordinator
216 Asbury Rd
Orangeville, Pa 17859
Pre-registration is required for KTA Trail Crew events, in order to facilitate meal count
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TRAIL CREW WORK WEEK: Volunteers will arrive by 5:00 PM Tuesday for dinner and an orientation session. Daily work will begin at 8:00 AM on Wednesday and continue until Sunday at 2:00 PM.
The Keystone Trail Association provides a place to camp, meals, tools, work gloves, safety equipment, and instruction by the crew leader. Volunteers are accepted for one day, a weekend, all week, or the entire crew season. There are tasks for everyone.
May 28 - June 2: Trail Crew Week #1, North Country Trail
Trail Description: The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) is the longest hiking path in the United States; it is 4,600 miles long and stretches through seven states. More than two-thirds of the 195-mile proposed route through Pennsylvania has been completed.
Accommodations: Volunteers will stay at the Davis Hollow Cabin, a frontier cabin owned by Moraine State Park. There are also tent pads available for tenting. KTA will provide all meals.
June 4 - June 9: Trail Crew Week #2, Standing Stone Trail
Leader: Jim Garthe
Trail Description: The 72-mile Standing Stone Trail (formerly known as the Link Trail) connects the Tuscarora to the Mid State Trail (MST) and, along with the MST, is part of the Great Eastern Trail in Pennsylvania.
June 11 - 16: Trail Crew Week #3, Mid State Trail, Everett Region
Leader: Deb Dunkle
Camp: Tenley Park in Everett
The Mid State Trail is Pennsylvania's longest backpacking and hiking trail and runs from the Maryland border to its terminus at the New York border in Tioga County.
Volunteers will camp in tents at Tenley Park. Hot showers will be available. KTA will provide all meals.
: From Bedford, take Rt. 30 east to Everett. Go straight through the first red light on Rt. 30. At the second red light, turn left up the hill past the OIP/pizza at the end of the block. Turn left on E. 1st St. At the stop sign, turn right on Hilltop Street and continue straight up the hill past all the homes until you see the Tenley Park sign. Drive down the hill into Tenley Park.
June 18 - 23: Trail Crew Week #4, Allegheny Front Trail
Camp: Black Moshanon State Park
Trail Description: The Allegheny Front Trail, a relatively new trail in western Centre County, includes about 3 miles on the edge of the Allegheny Front, with six identified vistas and some areas of nearly continuous views. Hiking is very rocky and steep along this portion of the trail, though you are rewarded with some of the finest overlooks in all of Pennsylvania.
Volunteers will stay at the Black Moshannon State Park group camping area.
The Allegheny Front Trail is accessed via PA 504 to the east and west of Black Moshannon State Park, with intermediate access points on several nearby back roads.
June 25 - 30: Trail Crew Week # 5, Chuck Keiper/ Donut Hole Trails
Trail Description: The Chuck Keiper Trail is a 53-mile double loop trail; the Donut Hole Trail is 81 miles in length. Both trails offer the hiker a multitude of experiences and views in remote areas of the Sproul State Forest.
Volunteers will camp in tents (or car camping) at the Western Clinton Sportsmen’s Association. Hot showers and potable water will be available. KTA will provide all meals.
From Lock Haven take Rt. 120 west toward Renovo for approximately 20 miles. The WCSA is on the left immediately before you cross the bridge over the Susquehanna River.
On behalf of the Keystone Trails Association (KTA) and all the hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who use Pennsylvania's many footpaths, we wish to thank you for volunteering for the 2013 KTA Trail Crew. Since it began, the Trail Crew program has made a significant contribution to the building, maintaining and improving of the Keystone State's extensive network of hiking trails.
We appreciate your commitment and help in continuing this tradition of giving back to the trails we love and the hiking community that we support. As you know, without volunteers like yourself and the cooperative efforts of KTA, hiking clubs and other outdoor organizations many walking trails in Pennsylvania would become impassable and eventually have to be abandoned. Thank you for being part of the 2013 KTA Trail Crew season! Volunteers Keep Trails Alive!